TUESDAY 27TH APRIL, 2021
THEME: LOVE YOUR ENEMIES
PASSAGE: MATTHEW 5:43-48
MEMORY VERSE: Luke 6:27″ But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you.”
HYMN: MHB 444 (188.8.131.52.) – BELOVED, let us, love.
The theme for consideration today is like a bitter pill, which no person wants to take, even people who are sick. However, it is what every heaven-bound Christian must do. It is one of the criteria for entering the Kingdom of God.
Christ’s teaching gives a lot of re-definition to the law of Moses and the traditions of the Jews. One of those controversial aspects is loving your enemies. Paying people back in their own coin was not seen as a violation of Moses law and it was upheld until the time Jesus came.
But Jesus repositioned this by commanding that we love our enemies. You might want to define what makes somebody your enemy. What offence will a man commit that will make him your enemy? Jesus overruled all offences by His teaching on forgiveness. He said there is no magnitude of offence that a man can commit against you that you should not be able to forgive. If this is the case, then the question of tagging somebody your enemy is resolved because you have to forgive in order to be forgiven by your Father in heaven (Matt. 6:15). Therefore, such a person will be qualified to be a neighbour in one way or the other.
By this, it makes it easier to extend your act of love to a supposed enemy. As long as you are able to remove the covering of the offence by the virtue of forgiveness then you can love everyone. Go out today to reconcile in every possible way, then you can easily carry out your obligation to love all, including your perceived enemy.
Remember that David had several opportunities to kill King Saul yet he let him live (1 Sam. 24:17). Likewise, Stephen prayed for those who stoned him to death (Acts 7:60). Jesus loves all and you must love the way He loves.
PRAYER: Dear Lord, You loved Your enemies and asked for forgiveness for those who nailed You to the cross. Graciously give me the grace to follow Your example, even when it seems difficult to do so. Amen.
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